Nominations now open for February's Carolina Grove Teacher of the Month contest


Carolina Grove co-owner Jim Mayes Jr., right, recognized Alice Drive Elementary School's Holly Williamson as January's Teacher of the Month on Tuesday.

By earning the most votes from the public of four finalists in The Sumter Item's online contest, Williamson was recognized in the newspaper and online and received a $50 gift card to Carolina Grove, the contest's sponsor.

Nominations are now open for February's Teacher of the Month contest. To nominate your favorite K-12 teacher from a public or private school in Sumter, go to

Four finalists will be chosen by The Sumter Item staff, and the public will vote on a winner to be announced the fourth Wednesday of the month. Nominations are open through Feb. 15, with voting open Feb. 16-22.